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World Sanskrit Conference begins in Bangkok

World Sanskrit Conference began at Bangkok on Sunday with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as the guest of honour at the inaugural session. The 16th World Sanskrit Conference has begun at Bangkok in Thailand. Over 600 scholars from 60 countries are participating in the conference. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is the guest of honour during the inaugural ceremony of the conference.
Addressing the conference, the External Affairs Minister said that Knowledge in Sanskrit will go a long way in finding solutions to contemporary problems of the world. She delivered her speech in Sanskrit. The Union minister said that Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has decided to grant International Sanskrit Award, a certificate & 20,000 US Dollars to scholar who has made significant contribution to Sanskrit. She has also announced that Ministry of External affairs has created a post of Joint Secretary for Sanskrit in the ministry.